I have been catching up on Back to Work this week, and one of the two podcast hosts, Merlin Mann, made a great comparison in episode 93:
"Chewing Topps gum is like eating stained glass."
Few things bring me back to my childhood as quickly as baseball, and I still have every Topps card my dad ever bought for me. The gum did indeed shatter in your mouth, but that was somehow part of the fun. Everything about baseball is fun (doubly fun now that Wrigley is serving Giordano's pizza), and everything about baseball reminds me of family and summer. February keeps trying to overwhelm me with grey skies and gloom, but the thought of that stupid gum is allowing me to smile today.